The Arapahoe County Detention Center is across the street from the Denver Broncos’ practice facility in Centennial, Colorado.
Normally, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy works out at the facility as a member of the NFL team. But he will spend Thursday night across the street in the detention facility awaiting his first court appearance after being arrested on Thursday.
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The former Alabama standout was booked into jail and charged with second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic-violence enhancer.
On Thursday evening, Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown held a press conference “to clear up a couple of issues involving Mr. Jeudy.”
Brown said even though domestic violence is part of the charge, no physical contact was involved in the specific incident. But because Jeudy and the woman who called the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office have a 1-month-old daughter, the domestic-violence statute had to be added.
And because the charge involved domestic violence, Jeudy had to receive a no-bond hold, which meant he can’t be released until making an appearance before a judge. Jeudy is scheduled to make his first court appearance at 9:30 a.m. MDT Friday at the Arapahoe County Courthouse.
“I know the word violence connotates physical contact,” Brown said. “I can tell you guys specifically that there was no physical contact between Mr. Jeudy and the female party in this investigation. It solely involved property. There was no damage to property. All that happened is that there was an accusation that the property was being withheld, and deputies determined that there was enough probable cause to make an arrest.
“The domestic-violence statute in the state of Colorado specifically says … domestic violence means an act or a threatened act of violence upon a person with whom the actor is or has been involved in an intimate relationship. Domestic violence also includes any other crime against a person or against property, including an animal, or any municipal violation against a person or against property, including an animal, when used as a method of coercion, control, punishment, intimidation or revenge directed against a person with whom the actor has been involved in an intimate relationship with.”
Brown said deputies responded at 10:15 a.m. Thursday to a call from a female asking for a “keep-the-peace situation.” She told the deputies that she was trying to leave but Jeudy had control of her property
“Deputies confirmed that was true, and she was unable to access it,” Brown said.
Brown said it appeared the woman could not get to her wallet, which the sheriff said he thought had been locked in a vehicle, as well as “a couple of items that were associated with the child,” which Brown identified as medical information and a car seat.
Jeudy was taken into custody without incident, Brown said.
“He was cooperative on the scene and was cooperative with the deputies,” Brown said. “He never identified himself except by name and date of birth.”
According to the Colorado Revised Statues, second-degree criminal tampering occurs if someone “tampers with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience or annoyance to that person or to another or if he knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility.”
“When it comes to the severity of the charges,” Brown said, “it’s a very low-level misdemeanor, but we take all cases of domestic violence very seriously. It’s important to make sure that victims’ voices are heard in these specific situations, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Domestic violence is not an independent crime in Colorado, but when applied as a sentencing enhancer, it can increase the punishment for any offense.
Jeudy joined the Broncos as the 15th player picked in the 2020 NFL Draft. He had been a consensus All-American selection in 2018 for Alabama, and he repeated as a first-team All-American choice of the American Football Coaches Association in 2019.
In 26 games with Denver, Jeudy has caught 90 passesfor 1,323 yards and three touchdowns.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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